The Charlottesville area is always bustling with activities, events, and festivals throughout the year! While we could have listed 1,000 reasons to visit Charlottesville & Albemarle County, here, in no particular order, are 100 of the top bucket list items to do and see in the area. If you have other ideas, feel free to leave them below in the comments section. Now let's get started!

1.) A trip to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

2.) A visit to James Monroe’s Highland

3.) Yummy fried chicken at the historic Michie Tavern

4.) Apple cider donuts from Carter Mountain Orchard

5.) A leisurely drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway

6.) A hike to the top of Humpback Rocks

7.) The breathtaking beauty of Shenandoah National Park

8.) Catching a performance during the annual Heritage Theatre Festival at the University of Virginia

9.) Attending the Virginia Film Festival

10.) Grabbing a bite to eat at Bodo’s Bagels

Carter Mountain Orchard Donuts 2
(Apple cider donuts at Carter Mountain Orchard)

11.) Taking a tour of the Rotunda at the University of Virginia

12.) Visiting James Madison’s Montpelier

13.) Celebrating creativity, art, and innovation at the Tom Tom Founders Festival

14.) Browsing local meats, veggies, and crafts at the City Market

15.) Taking part in Restaurant Week

16.) Enjoying a show at Live Arts

17.) Listening to music at the family-friendly Fridays After Five

18.) Catching a concert at the John Paul Jones Arena

19.) Watching a performance at the historic Paramount Theater on the Downtown Mall

20.) Savoring some award-winning chocolate at Gearharts Fine Chocolates

Charlottesville City Market aerial
(City Market in Downtown Charlottesville)

21.) Sipping wine at one of the region’s 30+ wineries

22.) Creating your own custom glass creation at The Glass Palette

23.) Taking a walk along the Saunders-Monticello walking trails

24.) Jogging or biking the Rivanna Trail

25.) A trip along the Monticello Artisan Trail

26.) A visit to the University of Virginia Fralin Museum of Art

27.) Sipping some suds at one of the region's many craft breweries

28.) Cheering on the Hoos at many sporting events taking place throughout the year

29.) Catching a show at the Jefferson Theater or the Southern Café and Music Hall

30.) Exploring one of the many parks located in the City of Charlottesville or Albemarle County

White Hall Vineyards
(White Hall Vineyards in Albemarle County)

31.) Shopping and dining on the historic pedestrian Downtown Mall (one of the longest of its kind in the country)

32.) Letting your creative juices flow at the IX Art Park

33.) Enjoying one of the area’s numerous art galleries

34.) Creating your own masterpiece at Wine & Design or Muse Paintbar

35.) Feasting at one of the region’s renowned farm-to-table restaurants

36.) World-famous pizza at Crozet Pizza in Albemarle County

37.) Picking apples and peaches at Carter Mountain Orchard

38.) Attending the annual Foxfield Races (Spring & Fall)

39.) Enjoying several local artisanal cideries

40.) Trick-or-treating on The Lawn at the University of Virginia

Downtown Mall Summer
(Charlottesville's Historic Pedestrian Downtown Mall)

41.) Running in the Women’s 4-Miler race

42.) Attending the Crozet Arts & Crafts Festival (Spring & Fall)

43.) Celebrating Virginia Wine Month in the month of October

44.) Experiencing several new distilleries in the Charlottesville area

45.) The University of Virginia’s annual Lighting of the Lawn

46.) Celebrating a new year with First Night Virginia on the Downtown Mall

47.) A trip to the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

48.) Letting the little kids explore at the Virginia Discovery Museum

49.) A slice of pizza from Christian’s on the Downtown Mall

50.) Taking in a show at the Sprint Pavilion, an outdoor amphitheater located on the Downtown Mall

Sprint Pavilion at Night
(Concert at the Sprint Pavilion on the Downtown Mall)

51.) A visit to the Albemarle Tourism & Adventure Center and Crozet Artisan Depot

52.) A juicy Gus Burger at The White Spot on the UVA Corner

53.) Watching a polo match at King Family Vineyards

54.) Celebrating the 4th of July by watching a fireworks display

55.) Tubing down the James River in the summer

56.) Dinner at one of the many fine restaurants in the Belmont neighborhood

57.) A visit to the birthplace of Thomas Jefferson in Shadwell

58.) Spending the night at one of the many charming inns, B&Bs, and hotels

59.) A hike at Sugar Hollow in Crozet

60.) Standup paddleboarding, kayaking, or canoeing in one of the area’s lakes, rivers, and streams

Tubing
(Tubing on the James River in Albemarle County)

61.) Spending the day lounging on the beach at Chris Greene Lake in Albemarle County

62.) Exploring some of the region’s vineyards on horseback

63.) A sunrise or sunset hot air balloon ride over Charlottesville & Albemarle County

64.) A round of golf at one of the area’s several award-winning courses

65.) Trying your hand at pottery making at City Clay

66.) A visit to Court Square to see where three presidents practiced law

67.) Discovering quaint downtown Scottsville in Albemarle County

68.) A trip to Miller’s on the Downtown Mall, where legendary musician Dave Matthews got his start

69.) A visit to Blenheim Vineyards, owned and operated by Dave Matthews of the Dave Matthews Band

70.) A stop at the old dorm room of Edgar Allan Poe when he was a student at the University of Virginia

Meadowcreek
(Playing a Round of Golf in Charlottesville & Albemarle County)

71.) Exploring the shops & stores at Main Street Market on West Main Street

72.) Grabbing an old-timey milkshake at Timberlake’s Drug Store on the historic Downtown Mall

73.) Shopping til you drop at Barracks Road Shopping Center, the Shops at Stonefield, or Fashion Square Mall

74.) Drinking a glass of wine in a tropical greenhouse at Glass House Winery in Free Union

75.) Finding a good book to read at one of the many unique bookstores located near the Downtown Mall

76.) Devouring a huge slice of pie from The Pie Chest

77.) Dinner with a view from the rooftop patio at Heirloom restaurant at the Graduate Charlottesville

78.) A scoop of freshly-churned ice cream at Chaps on the Downtown Mall

79.) Enjoying a scrumptious “Bronut” at MarieBette Café and Bakery

80.) Porkapolooza at The Barbeque Exchange

Barracks Road Shopping Center
(Shopping Options at Barracks Road Shopping Center)

81.) A game of disc golf at Walnut Creek Park in Albemarle County

82.) A sandwich with legendary house dressing from Take it Away on the University of Virginia Corner

83.) Antiquing at various shops and stores in Charlottesville & Albemarle County

84.) Cycling options galore

85.) Celebrating Virginia Oyster Month in November in Charlottesville & Albemarle County, with several stops on the Virginia Oyster Trail

86.) Seeing how artisans create during the Artisans Studio Tour

87.) Heading to Splendora’s on the Downtown Mall for some cold, creamy gelato

88.) Picking your own strawberries at area orchards in the spring

89.) Viewing historic documents at the Small Collections Library at the University of Virginia

90.) Taking a ride on the Hatton Ferry in Scottsville (the last poled ferry in the country)

Cycling in Albemarle County
(Cycling in Albemarle County)

91.) Snapping a selfie with Thomas Jefferson outside the Visitor Center at Monticello

92.) Camping at a campground or in Shenandoah National Park

93.) Fly fishing in one of Albemarle County’s streams or rivers

94.) Skiing, snowboarding, or tubing at nearby Wintergreen Resort

95.) Enjoying a performance at the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival

96.) Taking part in the annual Virginia Festival of the Book

97.) Checking out the sights and sounds of the Albemarle County Fair

98.) Visiting the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum – the only museum in the country dedicated to Australian Aboriginal art

99.) Getting in the holiday spirit at one of the area’s holiday parades

100.) Having the time of your life exploring one of the happiest, healthiest, and most historic destinations in the country!

Monticello Spring 2
(Thomas Jefferson's Monticello)